Each semester the Italian Academy invites prominent Columbia University professors to open one of their regularly scheduled classes to the public, bringing students and the community together in the Academy building. This spring the Academy welcomes professors from the departments of Art History, History and the School of the Arts who will lecture on topics related to Italian history, art and literature.
Richard Howard was born in 1929 in Cleveland, received a B.A. from Columbia in 1951 and did graduate work at Columbia and the Sorbonne. He is the author of fourteen books of poetry, including Untitled Subjects(1969), Trappings (1999), and Talking Cures (2002), as well as the critical study Alone with America and the critical prefaces of the anthology Preferences. Inner Voices: Selected Poems, 1963-2003 and Paper Trail: Selected Prose, 1965-2003, were compiled and released jointly by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2004. His most recent collection, Without Saying, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award in poetry.